James Kamara was born five-years ago to parents who worked as subsistence
farmers in a small village in Sierra Leone. After his father passed away
one-year ago, James’ mother continued to do share-cropping work in
order to feed her two sons and to send the older boy, now age eight, to the
Catholic school in their village. But she kept James at home, or with her
when she worked in the farm bush, because he had been born with a hernia which
caused him pain.
KITE-SL working in conjunction with Africa Surgery had James’ hernia repaired last week at the Holy Spirit Hospital. He is doing fine and will be discharged soon. He might be able to start school after the Christmas holiday, if his mother can earn enough to send another son to school; or James will be fortunate and able to continue his education, if Africa Surgery can find a patron to sponsor him at the cost of $200 per year.
Aminata Koroma is a 23-year-old mother who had a tumor and was abandoned by the child’s father because of her tumor. According to her, the parent of the young man ordered him not to take responsibility because Aminata Koroma is sick. Presently Aminata is staying with her parents and her 1 year 1 month old baby in Lumly, Freetown.
Bokarie Moribah, age eight, was born with two severe clubfeet. Bokarie lives in a small village in Sierra Leone where he attends a primary school over a mile away from his home. Bokarie has been managing to walk to school with crutches every school day. When at school, he is often harassed and teased by his able-bodied classmates. This, at times, has led Bokarie to try and attack them with his crutches.
KITE-SL working in conjunction with Africa Surgery, gave Bokarie a child-sized mobility cart donated by Mobility World Wide (www.mobilityworldwide.org). He will now get to school and home again with much less difficulty, and his friends at school will likely have a higher opinion of him now that he has wheels and show him more respect.
KITE-SL and Africa Surgery are arranging to have Bokarie’s turned feet corrected by a neglected clubfoot specialist-surgeon who will visit Sierra Leone in November, 2019.
Osman, age about two years, was brought to us by his mother on Sunday morning to remind us of the hernia he has had since birth. Osman belongs to a family of poor farmers in Sierra Leone who cannot afford the two to three hundred dollars to have his hernia repaired. But they understand that without the surgery, Osman will not only live with pain, but his ability to do heavy work will be very limited.